The second annual fall festival at First United Methodist Church of Maryville drew people from throughout the community for a relaxing, safe evening of fun on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Co-pastor Larry Carroll said between 500 and 600 people came to the event. “I’d say it was 50-50, church members to people from the community, and it was really incredible,” he said.
Members of the Civitan Club helped prepare food, and there were quite a few folks who decorated the trunks of their cars and handed out candy. “We had so many people, we ran out of candy,” Carroll said.
There were ponies, a motorized train for children to ride on, three or four inflatables and free food. The church’s Praise Band entertained the crowd during dinner.
“I anticipate this is something that is going to grow as the years go on. I don’t know if it was because it was the Wednesday before Halloween but I think there’s something to be said for having an event like this at church,” he said. “People feel better about bringing kids. They feel safe.”
Carroll said he spoke with quite a few people who were excited the church organized the event. “I think it does a lot to bring people in the community together,” he said.
The event was organized by Brittany Littleton, the director of Children and Family Ministries, and Denise Johns, director of Preschool Ministries. Larry and Brenda Carroll are co-pastors at Maryville First United Methodist Church.